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Former Arsenal and Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas believes Mesut Ozil has not got the mental qualities to be a leader after a forgettable display during Arsenal’s 4-1 loss to Chelsea in the Europa League final.
His inability to dictate proceedings was highlighted once again during a forgettable showing from both him and those around him in the Europa League final on Wednesday.
The ex-Gunners midfielder told BT Sport: “I think sometimes you just have it inside or you don’t have it.
“When he was at Real Madrid he was surrounded by top, top players and one of the best players in the history of the sport in Cristiano Ronaldo.
“I’m not taking anything away from Mesut, he played top football there, but once you step down a little bit, because we can all agree Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich they are top three, you have to show yourself a little bit more because you don’t have the same quality around you.
“The club buys you to be the actual leader around the club.
“I don’t think Mesut has that in him to carry. I don’t train with him every day, but I don’t think he has it in him to be leader.”
The German was eventually replaced by 19-year-old Joe Willock in the 77th minute and trudged off the pitch at a snail’s pace, despite his side already being 4-1 down at that stage.